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Low key return to parliament for ex-PM

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/02/2017

It's been a low key return to parliament for former prime minister John Key.

Mr Key took a seat on the back bench on Tuesday, his first day back in the House since his resignation last year.

Earlier his successor Bill English shared a picture of the pair.

"Checking in on one of our bright, young backbench MPs before the political year gets underway," Mr English captioned it.

Mr Key, the MP for Helensville, shocked National Party colleagues when he announced in December that he would stand down as National Party leader within days and retire from politics at this year's election.

After a week of leadership discussions the caucus took less than 30 minutes to elect Mr English as successor, and Paula Bennett as deputy.

Leadership candidates Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman both stood aside after it became clear Mr English had the numbers, while Simon Bridges did the same in the race for deputy.

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